PSCE Equips Power Sector Managers with Critical Transmission Planning Knowledge

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A three-day Training Module II on Transmission Planning for officers and engineering professionals from the new Department of Market Implementation and Regulatory Affairs (MIRAD) of Distribution Companies (DISCO), The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) and National Energy Control Center was organized under the banner of the Power Sector Center of Excellence (PSCE) established at LUMS.

PSCE is a training and knowledge center jointly founded by the Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA-G) and the LUMS Energy Institute. The training brought together 50 participants. Module-II was a continuation of Module-I of the programme, where the main activity areas of transport planning were discussed. Attendees were provided with in-depth knowledge of power system studies, network planning and expansion techniques and strategies in accordance with global best practices. The training was delivered via the Power System Simulator for Engineering (PSS/E), a software used worldwide and recognized for studies on electrical systems. Prior to the start of Module-II, newly selected MIRAD participants received separate advanced level training on the use of PSS/E by ACPP-G resources.

Upgrading Pakistan’s power infrastructure and power sector professionals is one of the top priorities under the envisaged Bilateral Competitive Exchange Contract (CTBCM) market regime. Transmission planning is one of the key elements of an integrated grid plan that serves as a blueprint for building a reliable and secure power grid. It develops strategies to expand and strengthen the transmission system to support future load growth and generation development. Without continuous and comprehensive improvements and upgrades over the next few years, our country’s transportation system will not meet the reliability standards required by our growing economy. The introduction of modern tools, techniques and approaches will improve system monitoring, visualization, control and operations as required by the competitive electricity market framework. This will ultimately modernize the electricity transmission system to reduce congestion, allow for increased demand, provide a greater degree of system security and reliability, and reduce costs to ratepayers.

A key strategic objective of the training was to better integrate the new MIRAD, in the 10 DISCOs, with all the entities of the electricity sector. MIRAD will play a key role in transmission planning and demand forecasting for the competitive electricity market, which will start in May 2022.

The DISCOs have already prepared their own demand forecast. They will use their Demand Forecast to prepare their Secondary Transmission and Network Extension Plan. DISCO’s expansion plans, demand forecasts and the latest integrated generation capacity expansion plan will enable NTDC to prepare the transmission system expansion plan. In this way, NTDC and DISCO’s newly created MIRADs will pave the way for integrated system planning, an exercise that has been lacking in the industry for decades.

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